Councilmember Huizar is hosting a farewell concert and festival on Oct. 24th in honor of the iconic Sixth Street Bridge, first built in 1932, which will soon be replaced with a newly designed bridge
Councilmember José Huizar will host a free Sixth Street Bridge Farewell Festival and Concert for the iconic Sixth Street Bridge on Saturday Oct. 24th, featuring performances by War, Aloe Blacc, Graciela Beltran, Angela & Leonardo Aguilar, Bullet & Snowfox, Buyepongo, The Cold & Lovely and DJ Crew Subsuelo.
This family friendly event will kick off at 2 p.m. and include children’s games and activities, food trucks, community booths, live mural paintings by local artists, as well as 6th Street Bridge Art exhibits from Art Share L.A. The evening will end with a fireworks show overlooking the Sixth Street Bridge.
While event is free, attendees are encouraged to RSVP on the 6th Street Bridge Farewell Festival Facebook Event Page at www.facebook.com/events/923096777770808/
Councilmember Huizar represents both the Arts District and Boyle Heights communities that are connected by the Sixth Street Bridge and was the driving force in pushing for the international design competition that resulted in the Michael Maltzan-designed bridge being selected to replace the historic bridge, arguably Los Angeles’ most well-known bridge, built in 1932, and the scene of many Hollywood films, commercials and music videos.
“While we are building a world-class bridge for the future that will provide Angelenos a one-of-a-kind experience as a bridge and a destination point with active public space, we are all fond of our historic Sixth Street Bridge and want to give it the send off it deserves,” said Councilmember Huizar. “This family-friendly event will have something for everyone, and we want Angelenos from throughout the City to come and join us as we pay homage to Los Angeles’ history and the iconic Sixth Street Bridge, one of our most beloved and treasured landmarks for 83 years.”
The existing bridge must come down because it has “concrete cancer,” an alkali-silica reaction that threatens the long-term integrity of the bridge. The City of Los Angeles is replacing it with a new $423 million bridge, one of the largest public projects in the City.
Sponsors for the free celebration include Art Share LA; City of L.A. Bureau of Engineering; City of L.A. Sixth Street Viaduct; FilmLA; LADWP; Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council; AC Martin; Angel City Brewery; Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP; Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center; CHM2Hill; City Plants; Dale Goldsmith - Hudson Pacific Properties; Eastside Luv; HNTB; Los Angeles County Bike Coalition; L.A. Downtown News; Michael Maltzan Architecture; Silverlake Wine; Skanska - Stacy and Witbeck; and Vallarta Supermarkets.
Demolition on the bridge is expected to begin in January 2016 and completed later that year. The new bridge is currently scheduled to completed by the end of 2018, and the public space below it, by 2019.
Councilmember Huizar has worked with the Mayor, and state and federal leaders to protect tens of millions of dollars in funding for the new bridge to ensure that it is a destination point that not only links Boyle Heights and the Arts District communities, but a public space that includes a recreation area, soccer field and arts plaza below the bridge. Huizar is also committed to ensuring that the bridge’s pedestrian space and bike lanes are as world-class as the newly designed bridge itself.
WHO: Councilmember José Huizar; War (Why Can’t We Be Friends?, Low Rider, The Cisco Kid); Aloe Blacc (Wake Me Up, The Man, I Need a Dollar); Graciela Beltran; Angela & Leonardo Aguilar (children of Pepe Aguilar); Bullet & Snowfox; Buyepongo; The Cold & Lovely and DJ Crew Subsuelo.
WHAT: Sixth Street Bridge Farewell Festival & Concert
WHEN: 2 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
WHERE: E. Sixth Street Bridge, Los Angeles, 90013